Maersk begins new maternity policy in April
MAERSK employees in Nigeria have applauded a new maternity policy introduced by the Group.
The policy, which becomes effective from April 4, 2016, improves benefits during and after maternity leave for Maersk Group employees globally. It aims to increase the retention of women following childbirth or adoption.
The new maternity policy includes a programme allowing a phased reintegration to work for all onshore employees and a global guaranteed minimum of 18 weeks maternity leave on full pay for all employees, subject to local workforce regulations.
Besides the 18 weeks maternity leave, the new policy also includes a Return To Work programme which gives onshore employees the opportunity to work 20% less hours at full contractual pay within the first year of childbirth or adoption for up to six months after returning to work. It also includes one week of paternity leave.
Head, Human Resources of Maersk Nigeria Limited and Central West Africa Cluster, Adaugo Onyeri, said the success of the Maersk Group, which is built on strong cultural heritage and values, sustained through innovative thinking, and prided for the level of trust it has earned throughout the years, was made possible by its employees.
“The new maternity policy is about improved benefits to our people. It was informed by the need to attract and retain more female talents thereby supporting our diversity and inclusion objectives.
Onyeri said that 35% of Maersk Nigeria employees are females while 78% of the employees are married, thus the new policy delivers value for a significant portion of the workforce.
According to her, “Our research tells us that managing work and family is often a derailer for women having successful careers – before, during and after maternity leave”.
She said the phased Return To Work programme would enable women to have a smoother transition back to work and contribute to increased retention. This she believes would drive employee engagement higher, impacting positively on productivity at the workplace.
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